Academic Programs

The Department offers graduate courses in assessment, human development, higher education, learning, measurement, and research, which support all programs in the College of Education. In addition to the graduate studies programs, the Department provides core foundations courses for teacher education programs in the College of Education and is the academic site for a career and personal development course offered through the UNLV Student Development Center.


Educational Psychology (M.S./Ph.D.)

Educational Psychology at UNLV is a program with national renown. A recent publication ranked our faculty as the third highest among all programs in the discipline in scholarly productivity and second among all programs in the number of faculty serving as editors or editorial board members on top-ranked educational psychology journals. There are three degrees offered in the educational psychology program: M.S., Ph.D. with specialization strands corresponding to areas of faculty expertise, and a Ph.D. in Learning Sciences. A dual Ph.D./J.D. degree is available in combination with the Boyd School of Law.

Our degree programs prepare independent scholars for faculty positions in colleges & universities, and research and assessment positions in all educational settings and in the private sector. We provide the courses in research methodology, statistics, measurement, cognition, and development that support programs throughout the college and university.

The doctoral foundations strands prepare students for a variety of professional careers related to teaching and research in both academic and non-academic settings. For example, students will be prepared to fill faculty, research, or assessment positions at academic institutions, such as universities, community colleges, and K-12 school districts. Representative occupations also include educational psychologist, program evaluator, educational assessment coordinator, and employee training specialist.

The Educational Psychology program faculty include Dr. Lisa Bendixen, Dr. Matthew Bernacki, Dr. Alice Corkill, Dr. CarolAnne Kardash, Dr. Gwen Marchand, Dr. Steve McCafferty, Dr. Rebecca Nathanson, Dr. Michael Nussbaum, and Dr. LeAnn Putney.

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School Psychology (Ed.S./Ph.D.)

School Psychology is an integral part of the Educational Psychology program at UNLV. Our students receive an M.S. in Educational Psychology after completing the first year of the school psychology specialist level program and can continue with studies at specialist (Ed.S.) and doctoral levels. Our Ed.S. degree, the only school psychology program in Nevada accredited by the National Association of School Psychologists, enables the graduate to practice as a school psychologist in Nevada, and provides preparation for national certification.

The Ph.D. in Educational Psychology with specialization in School Psychology extends our specialist level program to doctoral studies preparing clinical scientists to bridge the gap between practice and research in academic careers and for general practice as a behavioral health service provider in private practice or agency settings.

The School Psychology program faculty include Dr. Scott Loe, Dr. Katherine Lee, and Dr. Sam Song.

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Higher Education (Certificate/M.Ed./Ph.D.)

The Higher Education program offers a Master's of Education and a Doctorate of Philosophy. Our programs prepare individuals for leadership roles in a variety of postsecondary education settings. The Master of Education (M.Ed.) degree prepares students for entry-level and mid-management level positions at public and private post-secondary institutions. The Ph.D. program in Higher Education is a rigorous, innovative combination of courses and practical experience, preparing individuals for leadership positions in higher education administration and policy analysis.

The program is distinguished by emphasis on integrating practical managerial skills with a broad understanding of issues across the field of higher and postsecondary education. Our graduates hold positions as provosts, vice presidents, associate deans, university counsel members, athletic directors, institutional researchers, and policy analysts.

The Higher Education program faculty include Dr. Vicki Rosser, Dr. Doris L. Watson, Dr. Nancy Lough, Dr. Kim Nehls, and Dr. Stefani Relles.

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Educational Policy & Leadership (M.Ed.)

The Educational Policy & Leadership program is designed to develop educational leaders who understand the urban environment and the community in which schools exist. Program participants receive a firm foundation of knowledge and skills in order to meet the demands and expectations of school administrators - all within a systems approach for transforming schools within an urban community.

The Higher Education program faculty include Dr. Dana Bickmore, Dr. Patti Chance, and Dr. Gene Hall.

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